How to Review a NFD List for Final Outcome

Most deletions are handled automatically by votes cast through Special:NFDGuardian, but some contentious nominations need manual review by an admin.


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    Click on Special- NFD Advanced for a list of deletion discussions requiring admin closure.
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    Review the NFD tag.
    • The date on the tag should be at least seven days old.
    • Review the reason for nomination.
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    Click on the blue "Discussion Page" of a template to review discussions.
    • Correlate the dates of comments with the date of the NFD tag.
    • Review comments made by editors to determine a consensus.
    • Use the Deletion policy as a guide in making a final decision.
    • Determine whether the discussion warrants deletion or saving of the article:
      • If the decision is to delete:
        • Click on the return arrow of your browser and return to the article.
        • Click on the Delete tab at the upper right of the page.
        • Insert the reason for deletion into the form.
        • Click on the Delete Page button.
        • Add {{nfd|code|result=delete}} to the Discussion page.
        • This delineates this discussion from a future discussion, which may arise if the title is used at a later time for a new article.
      • If the decision is to save the article:
        • Click on the Discussion Page input box.
        • Enter a reason for saving the article.
        • Use {{nfd|code|result=keep}} if support was strongly in favor.
        • Use {{nfd|code|result=mixed}} if support was mixed.
        • Return to the article and click on the Edit tab at the top of the article.
        • Remove the NFD tag.
        • Add "NFD tag removed" or "No support for deletion" to the Edit Summary.
        • Click on Publish to save your changes.
        • Add new tags for stub, format or copyediting, as needed.
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    Click on the History tab of an article if "Discussion Page" is red in the NFD tag.
    • Delete the page if a reliable editor added the NFD tag and you support deletion.
    • Add "No support for deletion" to the Discussion page if a tag was placed by an unknown or anonymous editor and there is no support for deletion.
    • Then, remove the NFD tag from the article.
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    Click on your browser's back arrow or history.
    • Select "Nomination for Deletion" to return to the list of articles being nominated for deletion.
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    Click on the next article down.
    • Start the process again until you reach an article that has not had the full seven days for discussion.


  • When you are finished with the nominated articles for the day (those that are seven days old), check the last few articles in the list.
    • Other articles may need to be reviewed as well if the date was not correct in the NFD template.
  • The only articles appearing above "Articles That Require Further Editing" should be tagged with wikiHow:Templates/Article templates.
    • If other articles exist in the list, their dates will not be in consecutive order.
  • Bookmark Category:Nominations for Deletion.
  • Re: Steps 3 & 4. There should never be Discussion. An admin has to review these articles when they are nfd past 14 days. The nfd tag says Please comment on the discussion page as to whether it meets our criteria for deletion. If the editor put nothing in the discussion page to justify the nfd, it may be removed for lack of justification. The reasons for this are that:
    • There needs to be a consensus on the nfd. Without this it may be deleted, or the nfd may be removed without further action. It's a grand waste of time.
    • The comment on the discussion also page gives the community a chance to respond. There may be compelling reason to keep the article.
    • The third reason there should be a comment is for the admin who reviews the page, so that s/he may make an informed decision as to delete, or remove the tag.

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